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“A grand day out”
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Great War Battlefields Tour
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Owner description: An all-in bus tour starting from Bruges to explore all the most important places on the front of the First World War. An experienced guide brings you to the Trench of Death in Diksmuide and other trenches, such as Hill 60 in Zillebeke, the Canadian Memorial in Langemark, the impressive cemeteries in Boezinge and Tyne Cot Cemetery. In Ieper you will visit the In Flanders Fields Museum. The day ends by attending the Last Post ceremony.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“A grand day out”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

An adult ticket for the tour with the Last Post at the Menin Gate costs 69 euros including a buffet lunch at the Novotel in Ypres (the potato gratin was especially tasty!). We left Bruges at 9am and returned at about 9:30pm. Our guide Else (sp?) was very knowledgeable and friendly and spoke excellent English. The In Flanders' Fields Museum in Ypres and the museum at Passchendaele were very different but both worth visiting - the trench experience at Diksmuide was particularly eye-opening (if it's rained the night before you go, wear something more sensible than Converse). Going to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Essex Farm Cemetery really brought home the reality of war after the museum visits earlier in the day. We had a bit of free time in Ypres again to grab a bite to eat (try the Spirelli pasta place in the main square for something fairly cheap but tasty to take-away) before the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. A piper and pipe band were present alongside the buglers - you can look at the Last Post website to see if anyone else will be playing there on the day of your visit. All in all, a very good day out, good for people who know a lot or a little about the Great War and full of respect for the soldiers involved in the conflict.

Visited July 2014
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well organised, Good Value, Educational and very thought provoking”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Booked the tour through the Hotel and it was an excellent day out, The coach Leaves Bruges at 9.00 and returns at 21,30, Andrew the guide was very knowledgeable and managed to keep the tour to the tight schedule, A lot to see and a great overview of the Great War, The 2 museums visited were worth the visit and the Buffet Lunch exceeded expectations,
The whole day is very thought provoking and the sheer scale of the Great War is very daunting,
I recommend the tour.

Visited June 2014
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A wonderful experience- a great tour company”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This tour was very efficient and impressive in the attention to detail and the comfort of the participants. The coach is comfortable and gives a clear view of the journey. we liked the use of music and a DVD to create the atmosphere for the day. Bernie and his assistant Sophia were knowledgeable and also very kind and solicitous for everyone's welfare. The tour is well balanced with the walk on Hill 60, the museums and the cemeteries. Lunch was an unexpected treat - a 3 course buffet with soft drinks included. We felt that the day was excellent value and an un-missable experience. We had front row positions for the Last post ceremony- again acting on the advice of our guides.

Visited June 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
“10 June 2014 Visit”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We booked this tour literally the night before with help from our hotel in Brugges. It turned out that the receptionist had been on this tour and assisted on the internet booking which was quite complicated as it was after telephone closing time around 6pm,so do not leave it too late! It is not suitable for wheelchair access however but the individual museums at Ypres and Passendaele have lifts to each floor. For less abled, suggest that Tyne Cot cemetery (with toilets) and Canadian Memorial in Langemark-Poelkapelle also have level access. As there is nothing in the leaflet about accessibility, I would see this as a big challenge as it is a long day in the trenches but not impossible if help is to hand (on and off coach). Any wheelchair bound person would there need at least 2 people to assist for example.
There were a total of 6 British people on the tour, so Rita (ex English teacher) our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide was very happy to speak in just one language! She made us feel very welcome and engaging. With overnight rain, sensible shoes were essential as the trenches literally filled up! Similarly, there was some climbing up slopes at Hill 60 so not just a question of a few steps.
The final part of trip at the Menin Gate in Ypres is very moving and essential to be early at 7.15pm for the 8pm short service which is attended by lots of people form all over the world. Wheelchair access here is good provided you get there early.
Overall, we were very impressed the quality of the visit and glad we took a picnic for the last part of the day.

Visited June 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellently organized tour”
Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

There was plenty of information told to us on the tour and we learnt a lot today. The guides were excellent, bus was comfortable, everything was on schedule, and just enough and not too much.

We were also pleasantly surprised- the lunch buffet was very tasty and exceeded our expectations.

Thank you!

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